Orion Support Incorporated (OSI)
Following up from my initial request to you for support in finding a new office location for our company, Orion Support Incorporated. Well, we moved in to the LTA Building on Perea Street, fifty meters or so from Paseo de Roxas this weekend, only a 4 minute walk to AmCham and under excellent terms.
While I think you assigned both Morgan Mcgilvray and Sherdil Rana to support our original request; as you know, Morgan was very tied up with his wife giving birth during the period we identified this location and negotiated with the landlord, Mr. Mike Arroyo. Yes, the former First Gentleman. But in my short interaction with Morgan, I can see that he is a solid, young professional.
With regards to Sherdil, I want to tell you that with 35+ years of interviewing hundreds and hundreds of individuals, I was impressed with his professionalism, focused support and “can-do” attitude from the point of identifying our potential office space, and through the negotiation stages prior to the signing of our 6 year contract. I was impressed with his considered opinions, insightfulness with regards to Philippine business culture and his sage advice related to our strategy in the negotiation process. Sherdil was able to negotiate a rental rate per square meter about 150 – 200 pesos less than the going rate in this area, and with only a 7% increase after 24 months. Add to that, he secured for us three parking slots at no additional cost, two months security deposit versus the standard three, and two months advance rent to be applied to the front end of our contract versus the back end as is the case in most rental contracts. And, he got the landlord to repaint the entire office with three coats of mildew resistant paint at their expense. But best of all, we were given a 6 year lease, with only having to give two months notice and forfeit only our two month security deposit to move out anytime with no additional penalty!